Podcast Love

I first discovered Podcasts on my phone when I could no longer run and I was forced to walk {or waddle} while I was pregnant with Madelyn. I didn’t like listening to fast paced music while I was moving at turtle speed so I downloaded lots of pregnancy podcasts to prepare {and scare myself} for delivery.
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                 Flashback…Woah belly!

After she graced us with her beautiful presence and I was back to running, it was back to listening to music and podcasts kind of fell away.  That was until the end last year.
I was out to dinner with a friend of mine when she started talking about podcasts, one in particular called Serial. I had no idea what she was talking about the time. It sounded intriguing but I kind of just brushed it off until I saw other people posting things on social media about it. I decided to check it out and immediate became HOOKED! And I got everyone around me addicted as well. I remember one Sunday morning my sister texting me and telling me she had laid in bed for hours just listening to it. Hastag lazysunday.
I was only behind a few episodes so I caught up quickly, each week waiting for a new episode to be released on Thursday. I listened to them in my car on the way work after I dropped Madelyn off at daycare (not child friendly). I would sit in my car in the parking lot once I got to work just to try and finish an episode.
After Serial ended (they’re coming out with a new season focusing on a new case), I went on a quest to add more podcasts to my collection. It was a nice change of pace for the morning commute. I listened to lots of them focusing on nutrition, running, parenting and relationships.
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Here’s a list of some of my favorites:
1. Serial. The podcast that started my addiction. The whole season tells one whole story-a true story about a murder. You hear from all the people involved and go over court records. It’s amazing.
2. Balanced BitesLiz Wolfe & Diane Sanfilippo discuss all things paleo. They talk about current events, places that they’re going to be and go over Q & A session from their listeners.
3.  Marriage More. This is a Christian based podcast hosted by Jeff and Mandy Rose. They’ve been married for more than 10 years and they talk about complications in their marriage, love challenges to do with your significant other and ways to help better your relationships. It made me happy to hear that Larry and I aren’t alone in some of our marital disputes.
4. Another Mother Runner. How I did not realize they had a podcast is beyond me since I’ve read both of their books and just purchased the third, which I can’t wait to dive into! Sarah and Dimity interview guests and cover topics ranging from everything involving nutrition to sports bras. I’d highly recommend this podcast to any female runner, not just those of the mother sort ;-)
Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorites? I’m always looking for new and interesting ones to subscribe to.

Highs and Lows from the Weekend

I know. It’s Wednesday night. But the weekend technically ended for me yesterday since I had some extended time off.

-Morning impromptu breakfast dates are kind of the best. Collectivo has the best baked oatmeal in the world.

collectivo-I finally finished painting Madelyn’s room. I painted her trim white and the part where the wall and the closet door meet. I’m happy with the way it turned out. Because I needed a break in between coats to run to Target and to run for my sanity, I didn’t finish until 10pm Friday night. Best night of sleep in a very long time.

sneakpeekbedroom-Madelyn slept until 8am on Saturday. It was amazing.  I should’ve known..

morningtime-Monday she pointed to her throat and said “it hurts.” We spent Tuesday at the doctor’s office and on the couch.

couch-In between the illness and couch time, Madelyn managed to make her daddy a birthday cake. She was such a great help, she even cracked an egg into the batter before I could stop her. Guess who got the crunchy piece of cake? I can just hear her laughing at me…

birthdaycake-My BFF’s husband threw her a surprise 30th birthday. It was fun to see all of my friends. A girlfriend of ours helped out with the decorations and made a collage for her which included some lovely photos of us circa 1990s. Ones I’ve been trying to hide from hubs. We all agreed we have gotten finer with age.

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-Stroller running is getting easier. When Larry and I first set out on our first stroller run of the year with Madelyn, I started out pushing her. I got about a quarter mile in and I told him that he had to take over until we turned around and that I would take her on the turn around. I couldn’t catch my breath. Now we’re running 3 miles at a time and I can run up some decent hills with her at a slow pace.

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What are some of the highlights from your weekend? I discovered some fun new podcasts that I want to write about in another post! Always a win!

Friday Favorites!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post. Here’s a list of the things that I’m loving this week:

My Grandpa. This week and every week. He painted the majority of Madelyn’s room and I’m finishing up the rest today. I hate painting, but I love my grandpa for doing this for us.
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My Kelly Moore Bag. Happy {early} Mother’s Day to me! I recently traded in my Canon Rebel T3i for a newer model, so naturally the new camera called for a new home. I love that I can carry my camera around in a bag that looks like and acts like a purse and. No need for multiple bags. The bag lady look just isn’t my jam and I was always forgetting something.
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Lunch time workouts. Makes the day go by so much quicker!
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This article. 12 Simple, Important Things You Only Learn from your Little Sister. Thanks Melissa for teaching me so much :-)
Now it’s off to finish painting and putting Madelyn’s new room together. We have a fun weekend planned filled with birthday celebrations. So many April birthdays!
What things are you loving this week?!

Escape Artist & My First 5k of the Year

Is it me, or is this week just flying by? Maybe it’s the fact that today is my last day of work for the week. I wish I had something super fun planned on Friday for Madelyn and myself but I will be finishing up some painting in her new big girl room while she plays with her friends at daycare.

Confession time: She will be 3 in August and she still sleeps in her crib. We haven’t really had a real reason to move her out of it and she goes to sleep so well, that we didn’t want to mess it up. The girl will tell us when she’s tired and say, “Bed, I wanna lay down.” I’m nervous that will all change when we put her into the twin bed we bought at Ikea. We have had a few escape attempts, but none have been successful.

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When your kids are too cute to reprimand…

Yesterday was Earth Day. I so badly wanted to do a run outside, but that wind. And the fact that I saw snow falling from the sky. I decided it was best to take it indoors and so I settle for a little work place treadmill action.

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3 miles in 34 minutes. The treadmill was a little rough today. I did a 5k this weekend while pushing Madelyn in the same amount of time. Something about that fresh air & a little girl shouting “Faster Mommy!” gets the legs running a little quicker.

Speaking of stroller runs, I signed up for my first official “race” of the year. I will be pushing Madelyn along the shores of Lake Michigan on Mother’s Day at the Run Like a Mother Race. I wanted to do this one last year, but for some reason, it didn’t work out. Fingers crossed for good weather.

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Stroller moms out there, do you like running races while pushing the stroller? Any tips or advice?

Parents: best way to keep your kids from walking out of their “big kid” beds? I’m waiting for the day that I wake up and this tiny person is staring at me in my sleep…

A Fun Little Weekend + An Easy Weeknight Meal

Happy Monday friends! Mondays aren’t too bad for us here, because our week doesn’t start until Tuesday :-) Today we have a {rainy} fun day filled with chores, grocery shopping and parent/tot tumbling classes! But first sweaty workouts followed by meeting up with friends.

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This past weekend was a very eventful and fun one for us. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we started our Saturday off with a nice 3 mile run. I woke up at 6:30am on Saturday morning and the first thing I did was check the weather…Currently 57. First thought, “We need to get out and run!” Then I heard a little person next door to me clapping and singing BINGO. I could’ve laid there and listened for a little while longer, but I got us up, ready and out the door in about a half hour. Madelyn still in her pajamas and me in my running clothes :-)

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When we got back, little miss kept herself occupied with a back dated issue of Runner’s World Magazine, while I got us ready to meet up with a friend and her daughter at the zoo. It was a wonderful afternoon, followed by an effortless nap time. We will be spending as much time as we can outside this summer because fresh air followed by youtube kids lullaby station = hours of afternoon napping. Everyone wins.

Later that day, my mom came over to babysit Madelyn for us while hubs and I went out to enjoy some quality adult time. It was our first date night out since I’ve been back from my trip…the first date night since Valentine’s Day! We were long overdue. We decided to mix things up and try out a new to us restaurant called La Reve. It’s a french restaurant located in the village of Tosa and their food was amazing. A few people raved to me about how good their food was so we decided to check it out. It did not disappoint. After eating dinner at La Reve, we got a little creative and ventured over to Arte for some drinks and canvas painting. I have been to wine/painting bars a few times now, but hubs was a first timer. He was a little hesitant, but after a few beers, he was feeling artistic. We both had so much fun and agreed it was a nice way to switch up our typical date night.

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Weeknights tend to be a little more chaotic and on the go around here. I try to keep our meals as quick, easy and healthy as possible and avoid eating out as much as possible during the week. Varieties of slow cooker chicken tacos are amongst a household favorite. A few nights ago I was craving sweet potatoes. I bought a whole bag of them from Trader Joe’s and needed to use them up before they went bad, so I came up with a great concoction, I had to share it with you guys. I used this recipe for rice (subbed olive oil for canola oil). It was quick, easy and delicious. Much better than any boxed “Spanish” rice I had thought of getting. Hubs peeled and cut up some sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and chicken thighs. I cooked the chicken in olive oil and seasoned it with garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. Once that was almost done cooking, I added the sweet potatoes and lastly the bell peppers. When I had everything combined in the skillet, I added this fajita seasoning. Once everything was done cooking, I some rice in a bowl, topped it with the chicken mix and added avocado, cheese and a little bit of sour cream. It was delicious! So quick, healthy and easy. You can really add anything to the skillet mix. I think next time I would add onions, but we were all out.

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I’m off to finish up {er, start}  the rest of my to-do list and work on a photo project for tomorrow’s photography class. Have a great day!

Question of the Day: What’s one of the funnest date nights you’ve ever had? What’s your go-to meal for busy weeks? 

My First Blue Apron Experience

Every now and again, we fall into the same old dinner routine. Because our time is so pressed during the week, I usually stick to something quick and easy. Rotations usually include salmon, chicken, spaghetti squash or zoodles with marinara and meat. Always served along a side of vegetables. I try to avoid eating out during the week. The 21 day sugar detox helped mix things up a bit and even added some new “go-to” items to our weekly menu.

When I first heard about Blue Apron, I was intrigued. I had read about it on a few other blogs and decided to give it a try when one of my favorite bloggers had a coupon code available. I loved the idea of having fresh ingredients delivered to my house ready to cook up for a delicious meal. A while back, I tried out Pairdd, a local company that had the same concept except all there meals were gluten-free. They’ve since gone out of business :-/

The box was delivered on Wednesday. My sister was actually at my house watching Madelyn while it was delivered and she sent me text asking if she should put it in the refrigerator. I told her no, I’d take care of it when I got home. Everything came pre-packed over dry ice and was still ice cold when I got to it.

I was sent two meals for a family of 4 for $49.94. If you break it down, it comes out to about $6.24 per meal. Not too bad. I’m glad we opted for the family of 4 instead of two because we had more than enough food left over to take for lunch the next day.

The first meal that I made was Coconut Fish Curry.

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It was delicious. Everything came portioned out, so there was no measuring. I just had to do some prep work and chopping and the recipe was very simple to follow.

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I like how the recipe cards are printed out on large pieces of card stock so they’re very sturdy for the kitchen. On one side, there’s a picture of the meal and what it should look like. On the other side, there’s step by step instructions along with pictures. I loved this! It made it easier to follow along and made me feel better that I was following the directions correctly.

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Overall, the meal took a little less than an hour to make with all the prep work involved and it being my first time. Not too bad for something that tasted so delicious. I was a little hesitant about making this meal because I’ve been kind of sick of fish lately (mostly salmon), but the coconut curry put a different spin on things.

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I would definitely use Blue Apron again. I do wish they had dietary restriction options (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, etc) but the meals overall appear to be fresh and healthy. I like that everything came pre-packaged and no food went to waste. A lot of times I’ll buy something and only use a little bit of it before it goes bad. Blue Apron does seem to cost a bit more than say going to Trader Joe’s, but the ingredients are really fresh and it saves me from having to put any thought into what we’re making for dinner when weeks get really hectic.

Have you ever used any food delivery service like Blue Apron? What was your experience like? Another meal planning service I really liked was CookSmarts. This generated weekly meals for you based on dietary restrictions. It provides you with recipes and grocery lists-you just have to do the shopping!